Homemade pop

Posted in Food, Recipes

Sorta-homemade pop. We always water down our juice. Far too much sugar, just not needed.

Instead of water I’ll sometimes switch in Pellegrino – fizzy water. Drinking fizzy water gives me the same internal satisfaction as pop, but without the carbs.

For my own version of pop, I sometimes add juice. Just a splash. Right now drinking "Grapefruit pop" – actually far better than the stuff you buy at the store!

Most Expensive Cookbook

Posted in Art, Books, Food, Recipes, Restaurants

“El Bulli : 1998-2002″ by Ferran Adrià of El Bulli Restaurant is the most expensive cookbook. Period. It’s $350 at Amazon (on sale now for $220).

Why is it so expensive? Well, some consider that the El Bulli Restaurant is the best – in the world. So, with that, why wouldn’t the cookbook be the most expensive in the world?

“El Bulli : 1998-2002″ (Ferran Adria, Juli Soler)

Ferran Adria is widely considered to be the most innovative, most influential, and indeed the greatest chef in the world today. Culinary giants like Thomas Keller venerate him. El Bulli, the restaurant where he creates his masterpieces, has become a pilgrimage site of sorts; food connoisseurs from around the world journey down a dizzying coastal road to Roses, Spain to experience his unconventional tasting menu — often consisting of 25 or more courses. But if you want a reservation, get in line.

In El Bulli 1998-2002, Adria and his collaborators have created a completely unique guide to cooking which raises the profession to an art form never captured before. This volume, filled with full color photographs, presents not only El Bulli’s unparalleled recipes, but also an analysis of their development, philosophy, and technique. Visually stunning, El Bulli 1998-2002 is presented as a boxed set that includes the main volume, along with a detailed Users Guide and an interactive CD that contains each recipe, numbered and catalogued by year. El Bulli 1998-2002 is truly as awe-inspiring as the meals served at its namesake.

Update: Another overly expensive cookbook is this Culinary Encyclopedia: Grand Livre De Cuisine

World-renowned French chef Alain Ducasse believes that food arouses all the senses. In this sumptuous book, he takes us on a culinary journey for both eye and palate. Here he shares the culinary experience, knowledge, and love of ingredients he has refined over the past 25 years.

Today, Ducasse feeds his passion for cooking through restaurants all over the world and a professional-level cooking school. He is now ready to bring his know-how and enthusiasm to American professional chefs and experienced home cooks, providing 700 recipes from French and Mediterranean cuisine that incorporate 100 basic ingredients and use 10 major cooking styles. Each dish is described in full, with recipes for accompaniments included; complete instructions for plating the entire dish are given as well. An appendix offers an encyclopedia of ingredients as well as basic recipes (sauces, stocks, and so on). Illustrated with more than 1,000 photographs and original drawings, Grand Livre de Cuisine will be an indispensable reference-and inspiration-for years to come. AUTHOR BIO: Alain Ducasse is regarded throughout the world as one of the most prominent French chefs. Along with three gourmet restaurants, Restaurant Plaza Athénée in Paris, Le Louis XV in Monaco, and Alain Ducasse at the Essex House in New York, he has also created more than 15 new concept restaurants worldwide and a professional-level cooking school.

Via bookofjoe

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Mulling Spices Recipe & Mulled Apple Cider/Wine

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To kick of Christmas and the decoration of our tree last week, we made some mulled cider. Here is how:

Mulling Spices

1 mandarin orange, or other orange

6 cardamom pods

1 tbsp cloves, whole

1 tbsp allspice, whole

12 cinnamon sticks of a small-average size

1. Eat orange but keep skin

2. Bake orange skin in toaster oven on 400degrees until golden and hard, but not brittle and burned

3. In a mortar, open cardamom pods and remove seeds. Crush some, but not all, to release flavour but not make into dust

4. Add remaining spices along with 1 tsp of orange peel, broken into little bits (reserve remaining skin for your next batch)

5. Tie into cheesecloth or like bag so it can be used in mulling. You can also use a few tea strainers in the same way. Cinnamon sticks can go free.

Mulled Cider or Mulled Wine

4L of apple cider or wine*

1. Dump the cider/wine into a large pot

2. Add mulling spices (in bag or tea balls) and cinnamon sticks. Heat to boil and simmer 25 minutes or more.

3. Serve warm.

*Note, you can use all of this at once, or do 4 smaller batches of 1L each.

Ah… pumpkin

Posted in Funny, Recipes

pumpkinI love fall because it gives me a chance to incorporate one of my favorite things into my baking… pumpkin!

Last year I discovered the joy of actually baking with pumpkin. I made pumpkin pies from scratch. It was a lot of work, but OMG were the pies good.

So, when pumpkins came into grocery stores, I lugged one home. And today, I hacked it to pieces, baked it, pureed it, and started baking with it. I started out with some Pumpkin Walnut Muffins and some Pumpkin Biscuits. I have about 10 or 12 cups of pumpkin left, so there are cookies and gingerbread and loafs and so much more in the works.

Of course, all my recipes are going up on Baking Low Fat... here’s a sneak peek at what I’m making for breakfast tomorrow morning. Ianiv is quite spoiled this week!

Why do I like pumpkin? Well, after the annoying part of cutting it up with crappy knives, it really is a great food to work with. It allows me to take out the fat in many recipes since it binds and moistens like many fats. Plus, it is so yummy. Goes so amazingly well with fall flavours like molasses and nutmeg and ginger.

So, if you’ve never actually done anything with a pumpkin but carve it and stick in a candle, take my suggestion and eat it!

Oh – if you do want to eat pumpkin, I suggest one of the sweeter varieties like the generic Pie Pumpkin you’ll find in the grocery store.

kitty litter cake. mmm.

Posted in Cakes, Muffins & Breads, Food, Funny, Recipes

ian’s recipe log has this great interesting cake idea: kitty litter cake. Yep.

Well, it’s not as bad as it sounds. You don’t actually eat kitty litter or anything. You just make a cake, of sorts, that resembles kitty litter. And not empty kitty litter, at that. Maybe it should be a hallowe’en recipe, but it’s definitely a great gag cake.

Oh, and no gag kitty litter cakes allowed for our wedding. April fools day or not. :)

Recipe here

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From what it seems, there are various cakes in there all mashed together with crunched up cookies, some green pudding, and some warmed up expanded tootsie rolls (need I explain why?). Serve it in a NEW cat litter box with pooper scooper, and the effect comes off nicely.

Best quote:

Bury the rolls decoratively in the cake mixture.


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New blog: Baking Low Fat

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Business, Cooking, News, Recipes

We’ve officially launched our 5th blog: Baking Low Fat.

I love to bake. Don’t know if it’s the ingredients, the process, or just the satisfaction of eating the goodies, but I love baking far more than cooking. However, for health reasons, we try to be really healthy in the kitchen. I’ve found it quite hard to accomidate my love for baked goods into a healthy lifestyle. Baking is not really a low-carb diet, but I’m not a low-carb kind of person. Happen to love my carbs.

Fortunately, I have come across a couple of hard-to-get cookbooks and constantly search the web for tons of recipes and tips. So, I am able to enjoy the yummy baked goods without all the fat. Luckily, there are some easy ways to take out the oil and butter without sacrificing the flavour.

So, this blog is to share what I’ve learned. And, bonus, it’s a Drupal blog. So, you can share your recipes and ideas too. Subscribe to the blog, and join the community of healthy bakers.

Chicken Pot Pie

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Originally posted to Cooking Made Simple (Subscribe! Post!)


* 2 parts savoury pie crust (for top and bottom of pie)
* 2 chicken breasts, steamed or cooked and cubed
* 3 small nugget potatoes, steamed and cut into chunks
* 2 carrots, diced largely
* 1 leek, sliced (root only)
* 5-10 mushrooms, sliced
* 1 can mushroom soup (not condensed) – you will use about half the can
* dash red pepper flakes
* salt & pepper to taste
* 1 tsp basil
* any other spices you like particularly well
* any leftover vegetables (onion, peas, corn, etc)

Cooking Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. In a large pot over medium heat, spray some PAM into the pot until hot. Add in carrots and any vegetables that are uncooked (leek, mushrooms, carrots). Add in 1 tbsp of the mushroom soup to help cook the vegetables. Cook until vegetables are almost soft.

3. Add in cooked potatoes, chicken and about half the can of mushroom soup. Stir until covered. Add more soup if the coverage is not generous. It should resemble a thick stew. Add the spices and cook 2-3 minutes.

4. Pull out your pie crust. Pour in your stew until you reach the brim of the pie plate. Top with other pie crust, squishing the edges together. Using a fork, put some small holes in the top of the pie to let out the steam.

5. Bake on the lowest oven rack for 20 mins at 400F, then lower the heat to 325F and bake another 35-40 minutes until the pastry is cooked through and golden on the top.

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